Articles tagged "young adult"

Teen Talk (5/23/2019 Edition)

Hello, YA librarians!

Check out our latest & greatest YA titles from the past two months, then join us on Twitter today at 2:30pm EST for Early Word YA Galley Chat (#ewgcya) and tell us what you’ve been reading & loving!

YOU’D BE MINE by Erin Hahn
9781250192882
Ages 14 to 18

Annie Mathers is America’s sweetheart and heir to a country music legacy full of all the things her Gran warned her about. Superstar Clay Coolidge is a heartbreaker and troublemaker and his label has threatened to drop him if he can’t convince Annie to join his summer tour and fix his image. Swayed by Clay’s undeniable charm and good looks, Annie and her band agree to join the tour. Can the right song and the perfect summer on the road make two broken hearts whole?

“Hahn’s nuanced and complex rendering of both protagonists will stir hearts. ” —Booklist 

“A good ol’ fashioned love story.” —Kirkus Reviews

WICKED SAINTS by Emily A. Duncan
9781250195661
Ages 13 to 18

Let them fear her.
In this stunning Joan of Arc inspired debut, Nadya—a peasant girl who can speak to the gods—must find a way to work with a deadly adversary to turn the tide of the war and assassinate the mad king. When their scheme leads them straight to the royal family, Nadya must decide whether to trust the High Prince—her country’s enemy—or the beautiful, troubled boy with powers that may ignite something worse than the war they’re trying to end. Chaos ensues.

“Rarely does a dark, magical epic have so effective a character-grounded sense of humor.” 
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

“Densely descriptive prose flows smoothly . . . with lush, specific depictions of magic that are compelling.” —School Library Journal

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Day’s YA – ASK ME ANYTHING

Happy Friday, fellow book-lovers!

We’re ending this week with a fun, honest, patriarchy-smashing take on coding and the birds & the bees!

ASK ME ANYTHING by Molly E. Lee
9781640636583
Available now from Entangled: Teen
Ages 14 And Up

Wilmont Academy has been teaching the same archaic sex education for decades. Enter Amber Henderson! Using her coding and web design skills, Amber creates an anonymous blog providing free, honest, sex education and advice. She carefully selects and answers questions, not shying away from anything difficult or awkward. And for anything she doesn’t know, she relies on her parents.

When the administration hears about the blog, they enlist the second-best hacker in the school (aka Amber’s crush, Dean) to shut it down. And now Amber has to figure out how to keep her blog intact without losing Dean or her reputation in the process.

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Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Debut Picks + Reading Groups Preview Summer 2019

The American Booksellers Association’s Summer/Fall 2019 Indies Introduce Adult Debut picks, honoring the top upcoming debuts (publishing between June and November 2019), include IN WEST MILLS!

IN WEST MILLS by De’Shawn Charles Winslow

PW Best Book of the Summer + Library Journal Editors’ Pick & Best Debut + Two starred reviews!

“Winslow’s heroine isn’t easy to like. But over time, she reaches into your heart and touches it deeply. So does this book.”–Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“Winslow has a finely tuned ear for the way the people of this small town talk, and his unpretentiously poetic prose goes down like a cool drink of water on a hot day.”–Publishers Weekly, starred review

The Summer 2019 Indie Next List for Reading Groups Preview includes five Macmillan titles!

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Day’s YA – AGAIN, BUT BETTER

TGIF, YA pals!

Let’s end this week with a dash of international adventure, a pinch of flirtatious eye contact, and just a little bit of magic.

AGAIN, BUT BETTER by Christine Riccio
9781250299253
Ages 12 to 18
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books

Shane is pre-med and in desperate need of change. A semester abroad in London studying Creative Writing is just the ticket. While across the pond, Shane makes friends easily and even falls into a flirty crush thing with Pilot, the cutey from across the hall. When Shane’s parents show up unannounced and discover that she’s been lying to them about her studies, well, y’all know what happens next . . . Shane is back in the good ‘ol U.S. of A. No more writing. No more Pilot.

Fast forward six years. Shane, while interviewing for residencies, runs into Pilot for the first time since her semester abroad. The pair then embarks on a magical journey . . . back in time to 2011. Shane and Pilot are given the do-over that we non-book characters only ever dream about. But, will they get it right this time?

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Adult Books for Teens

Booklist and School Library Journal have deemed these adult books to be perfect for teens . . . and we agree!

HOTBOX: Inside Catering, the Food World’s Riskiest Business by Matt Lee and Ted Lee
The beloved Lee Brothers take on the competitive and wild world of high-end catering, exposing the secrets of the food business that no home cook or restaurant chef has ever experienced.

“YA foodies will appreciate the approachability of the Lees’ writing.” —Booklist, YA Interest

THE FLAME: Poems Notebooks Lyrics Drawings by Leonard Cohen
Also available in audio.
The final collection of the seminal musician and poet, which he was determined to complete before his death.

“With the self-portraits that pepper the pages and the nakedness of the words, teens will get a glimpse into the artist’s soul. Some will find themselves in these pages, and some will find within Cohen’s writing the words to express their own sorrows, hopes, and frustrations. Others will read the poetry just to let the rhythm and the emotion wash over them in a visceral flow.”
School Library Journal

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SADIE wins an Edgar!

We’re over the moon! Mystery Writers of America announced their Edgar Awards last night and SADIE by Courtney Summers is the 2019 winner of the Edgar Award for Best Young Adult!

The Edgar Awards honor the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction, and television.

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May YA E-Book Sale for Libraries

Expand your Young Adult collection with our YA e-Book sale!

Running May 1 through May 15, six YA e-Books will be discounted 25% off (with our regular lending terms):

CARRY ON by Rainbow Rowell
I HATE EVERYONE BUT YOU by Gaby Dunn and Allison Raskin
IN SIGHT OF STARS by Gae Polisner
SKY IN THE DEEP by Adrienne Young
SADIE by Courtney Summers
WHITE STAG by Kara Barbieri

Click here to download the spreadsheet of all available titles with exact price changes.

SLJ’s YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast (4/23/19)

We hope you tuned in to today’s School Library Journal YA / Teen Book Buzz Webcast, but if you missed it, here are the title list and slides.

The archived webinar is available here.

See something you like? Request to be whitelisted for our e-galleys on Edelweiss!

And don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Twitter and check out Emily’s candid reviews over on Day’s YA!

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Day’s YA – BIRTHDAY

Happy Friday, YA librarians!

We’re back from TLA and our TBR piles are a mile high. If you’re in a similar situation, I recommend you start with this #ownvoices YA love story from Stonewall Award winner Meredith Russo.

BIRTHDAY by Meredith Russo
9781250129833
Available May 21, 2019 from Flatiron Books YA
Ages 13 to 18

Eric and Morgan, born at the same time, in the same hospital, are inseparable. And every year on their shared birthday, we are treated to an inside view of their lives in that very moment. Year after year, the pair navigates who they are and how they fit into the world, both together and apart—as Eric deals with his abusive father and Morgan tries desperately to hide her true self from everyone . . . including Eric.

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Day’s YA – THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE

TGIF, YA friends!

We’re heating up this chilly Friday with a steamy #ownvoices YA romance.

THIS IS NOT A LOVE SCENE by S.C. Megale
9781250190499
Available May 7, 2019 from Wednesday Books
Ages 14 to 18

Eighteen-year-old Maeve is ready to lose her v-card. Unfortunately, her rare form of muscular dystrophy confines her to a wheelchair and means that most boys don’t give her a second look. But that doesn’t stop her from flirting with any hot guy that crosses her path, including Cole Stone, the hunky college-aged actor starring in the film she’s directing. Maeve and Cole’s interactions are increasingly flirtatious, beginning with coy innuendos between takes and soon leading to steamy text exchanges. But will Maeve’s physical limitations prevent them from going all the way? Not if she can help it.

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